Sacrificial Donut

On Matthew’s first day of kindergarten, we had a treat: donuts for breakfast.  Matthew and Mommy bought them the day before and Matthew had specifically selected the donut he wanted: a chocolate cake donut with chocolate icing.  Yummy, indeed!

When big brother Andy came downstairs, he looked in the donut box, then looked at Matthew’s donut, sat down on the kitchen floor, and began to cry.  The only donut he wanted was the one on Matthew’s plate.  No other donut in the assorted box would do.  I spent some time trying to offer alternatives for breakfast with Andy, but he could not be consoled.  I looked up and noticed Matthew staring intently at his still un-touched donut and pulled a chair up beside him.

“Aren’t you going to eat your donut?”  His head shook to indicate no.

“Isn’t this the donut you want?”  He nodded yes.

“Do you want to give your donut to your brother?”  He nodded yes, but whispered he didn’t want to tell Andy, he wanted me to.  It looked like his eyes were starting to well up with tears.

When I shared the news with Andy, the crying immediately stopped, and a smile came across his face.  With a hint of disbelief he asked, “Really?”  Matthew started to smile and he nodded yes to his brother.

Have you ever been a little hesitant to give something up for someone else, only to find an intense joy when you do it?  Generosity is a miracle, for the giver and the receiver.


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